Tennessee State QB Demry Croft charged with six counts of rape, two counts of sexual battery

USA Today

Demry Croft, who started four games at quarterback for Tennessee State last season, was arrested Monday and charged with six felony counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery stemming from a Dec. 1 incident.

Croft, 22, a transfer from Minnesota, missed the last five games of the 2018 season after suffering a shoulder injury. He rejoined the team at the start of this preseason and was the first-team quarterback through the first scrimmage on Aug. 10.

According to records from the Davidson County Sheriff's Office, Croft was booked into jail Monday at 2:04 p.m. and then released at 6:18 p.m. He has a $50,000 bond, according to court records.

A grand jury indicted Croft in a process that takes place in secret and can take months.

Public TSU crime logs show someone reported a Dec. 1 rape months later, on April 4. According to the crime log, the rape was reported as occurring at about 2 p.m. on campus. The indictment lists TSU police officer Thomas Phelps as the prosecutor, indicating the university police department led the investigation and presented evidence to the grand jury.

Experts say it is not uncommon for campus sexual assaults to be reported months after they took place.

#college, #football

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